Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 42)3 Dec, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Tips for the Holidays
Feeling generous this time of year? Why not take a few minutes to share your tips — for AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool — with your fellow CAD users. And when you give, you'll also receive: If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use toward a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!
Add a Multileader to Existing Multiline Text
Tipster Michael Miklaszewicz explains how to add a multileader to existing multiline text in AutoCAD and its verticals. "This trick doesn't really add a leader to the text, but rather it adds the text to a leader that you create," explained Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "Regardless, it's a good trick and is very easy to do. Multileaders are great tools in AutoCAD." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Paper Space Tabs Have Many Uses
Frequent tipster Danny Korem recommends using paper space layouts in AutoCAD to help automate publishing and other tasks. "When AutoCAD 11 was released, we met paper space for the first time. Before that, the working area was a single layout. Nowadays, we have (in theory) an unlimited number of layouts." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Import Layouts from Templates
In his second tip this week, Danny Korem explains how to create a new AutoCAD layout tab from an existing one. "To import a layout from a template, right-click on any layout tab and select the From Template option. You can choose to import from a DWG/DWT file, or another file type." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed in the latest version of AutoCAD by Contributing Editor Brian Benton. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but Cadalyst staff cannot provide assistance with technical problems. Please refer to Cadalyst's LinkedIn and Facebook communities for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.
Free CIMdata Paper Focuses on Intersection of PLM and Large Data Sets
PLM consulting and research firm CIMdata has published a free whitepaper, "Product Lifecycle Management and the Data Deluge," that includes new research into PLM and data sets so large and complex that they cannot be readily analyzed using traditional database techniques.
Deals & Freebies
IMAGINiT Offers Free 30-Day Trial of Scan to BIM 2013
IMAGINiT Technologies has released a free trial version of Scan to BIM 2013. The software reportedly integrates with all Autodesk Revit 2013 products, plus Revit 2012. Scan to BIM 2013 is available as either a stand-alone ($2,495) or floating network ($4,495) license.
New Chapoo Service Provides Free Document Sharing for AEC Projects
Chapoo, provider of a cloud-based project information and collaboration platform, has introduced a free project collaboration service. Chapoo Free allows users to upload files, share them with friends and colleagues, and view and annotate them in the cloud. Documents, including text, image, and office formats, as well as CAD drawings, can be viewed and annotated without being downloaded.
Geomagic Updates Free Trial of 3D Inspection Software
Users who register with Geomagic can download a 30-day free trial of Geomagic Qualify Probe. The inspection software works exclusively with probing data, reporting on the quality of as-built parts and automatically comparing the measurements to existing CAD data, if available, or other reference data. A new version, Geomagic Qualify Probe 2013, will become available in January.
Opportunities & Honors
3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress Opens Call for Speakers
Organizers have issued a call for speakers for the tenth annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress, to be held May 21–23, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. Product designers, engineers, IT professionals, and supply chain experts are invited to submit presentation proposals. Submissions must be e-mailed by December 30, 2012.
Mastercam Competition Challenges Product Design Students
CNC Software has opened its 2013 Mastercam Innovator of the Future national competition. Participants are required to use a licensed copy of Mastercam software to design and machine a connecting rod, racing wheel, or short shifter. Anyone who is 16 to 25 years old and has access to a machine shop may enter. Entries must be received by May 15, 2013.
AEC: IES TaP for LEED
IES TaP for LEED is an online collaborative portal designed to enhance management of the LEED workflow. The portal provides integration with LEED Online and LEED forms. Users can view their project dashboard and collaborate with the project team working toward certification. The usage cost for IES TaP for LEED starts at $100 per month.
Mark Your Calendar
Sustainable Engineering and Design Programs
December 4, 2012
2 p.m. ET
This Sustainable Minds webinar, part four of the "Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace" series, will explore how engineering and design educators are teaching more environmentally responsible product innovation. Read more
What's New in SolidWorks 2013?
December 7, 2012
10:00 a.m. ET
This free, 2-hour webinar from Fisher/Unitech will address new SolidWorks modeling tools including the Intersect command, conics for sketching, varying dimensional patterns, multibody design library support for weldments, and Section View assist for drawings. Read more
Introduction to Clayoo Freeforming for Rhino 5.0
December 19, 2012
11 a.m. PT
Industrial designers, architects, and jewelry designers can attend this free Novedge webinar to learn about Clayoo, which provides an interface similar to modeling by hand. Read more
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What's New at Cadalyst.com
Create 3D Models with MAP-21 Requirements Using Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler
Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler, part of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Premium and Ultimate editions, is civil infrastructure software developed to enable planners, engineers, and designers to model existing infrastructure and import detailed models in order to create realistic 3D models of the environment. Read the CADspeed blog post
Bentley Systems Pursues Information Mobility for Infrastructure Projects
The AEC software solutions provider envisions a world where information retains its value as it moves through the project lifecycle. Read more
User Profile: A teacher at heart, Len Nemirovsky believes good things come from sharing his knowledge of AutoCAD. Read more